Tag: petite sirah

Petite Sirah A Somewhat Undiscovered Gem

Reviews of several Petite Sirah wines from California.
Petite Sirah has seen dramatic changes since our last look at this underappreciated varietal several years ago. Its classic dark berry and cherry flavors accented with mild peppery spiciness make it easy to praise as an ideal wine for grilled foods and hearty winter fare. But for

Spring Brings Outdoor Recreation, Rosé Wine Season

Wine recommendations for picnics and outdoor concerts.
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is a true national treasure. The almost 5 acres of available picnic space, an extensive and wide-ranging performance schedule and a liberal alcohol policy allowing patrons to bring their own wine and beer assures a wonderful experience without the over-charging for beverages

Calvados: Schmoozer’s Choice

A review of the Recanati Petite Sirah-Zinfandel Reserve 2009 and the Boulard Grand Solage VSOP, XO de Boulard and the Boulard Millesime 1985 Calvados.
The Recanati Petite Sirah-Zinfandel Reserve 2009 ($20) is a terrific kosher summer wine that is perfect with grilled and spicy foods. Made with 90 percent old-vine Petit Sirah sourced from the

Shuffling Around At California Wineries

Lots of changes underway in California.
The winds of change are blowing through California’s vineyards. After more than 30 years at Beringer, winemaker Ed Sbragia has left the Napa winery to focus his efforts on his family’s project in Sonoma. The Sbragia Family Vineyards have been producing quality wines since 2004 and release 6,000 cases

Flavorful Wines Arise From Inhospitable Conditions

A review of several Rosenblum wines.
Lovers of big, flavorful wines should make a pilgrimage to northern Sonoma County. There, the Rockpile AVA, a recently designated American Viticulture Area, includes more than 15,000 acres extending from Dry Creek Valley to the Mendocino County line above Lake Sonoma. The name fits perfectly since the shallow soil

Que Sirah, Sirah: Wines Earning Well-Deserved Respect

A review of recently released Petite Sirahs.
Petite Sirah is the Rodney Dangerfield of grapes. A big, bold wine with cherry and berry like fruit and a mild peppery spiciness, it is frequently added to other varietals for color, body and flavor. Seldom does Petite Sirah get the respect that it deserves. However, this perception